...and ask for a rigid MTB fork.
The first guy just stares at me, blankly. He then wanders over to the rack of suspension forks and says, "Not these?"
I said, "No, I want a rigid fork, without the suspension." The look on his face makes me think he's new there, so I add, "Would this be a shop item?"
He says, "Probably."
Now I'm at the shop counter and ask for a rigid MTB fork, 1 1/8", threadless, preferably cro-mo.
Shop dude: "We don't carry those. They're such a rare item. Nobody wants them, anymore."
Me: "Really? Because, from where I'm standing, I can see about half a dozen MTBs on your showroom floor with rigid forks."
Shop dude: "Yea, but when we sell one of those bikes, most people opt to upgrade to a suspension fork."
Me: "So, what do you do with the rigid forks you pull off?"
Shop dude: "We sell them."
Me: "Well, that's what I need then. Sell me one of those."
Shop dude: "Oh, we can't keep them around. People snatch them up as soon as we put them out."